Going Steady: New Singles reviewed 11-03-17 – 11-09-17

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Casanova – Allie X, Veritie – EDM business as usual though in an age when Casanovas are considered assholes, this ode to a guy Allie X wants the rhyme, “fuck me over” with “Casanova” is a bit of a shocker – B

King For A Day – Anderson – Strong blue eyed soul from Australia – B

Smoke Clears – Andy Grammer – The hook is catchy but the song is a soft pop dog – C+

Sensualidad – Bad Bunny, Prince Royce – If it wasn’t for the relentless, manufactured, trap beat, this would be standard issued Latin salsa – B

Pull Up N Wreck –Big Sean, Metro Boomin – yet more chest thumping though with some clever rhymes – B-

Santa Monica And La Brea – blackbear – Top emo trap guy with a full bloodied love song – B

When They Call My Name – Black Veil Brides – All grown up and performing middling, MOR rock – D+

Made For This – Carrolton – Old school metal plus handclaps – C+

Dat Side – CyHi The Prynce, Kanye West – CyHi sounds like a lot of the rappers Kanye sounds to G.O.O.D. Music, he’s all about riding a verbal hook till it can’t move an inch forward. The Kanye verse is seriously good –  B+

Dirty Sexy Money – David Guetta, Afrojackm Charlie XCX – Catchy EDM but doesn’t live up to its name – C+

Our Streets – DJ Premiere, A$AP Ferg – Nice one Ferg, that sample puts your teeth on edge but Ferg with his “turn the music back up” sounds like he walked out of 1993 – B+

Could It Be Over – Eli Teplin – Quincy Jones is behind this soul singer, who is like a het Sam Smith when he goes falsetto – B-

Empire – Escape The Fate – If you get past the backstory all that is left is another shitty rock song – C-

Stand Up – Fabolous, Jadakiss, Future – Future is a little laid back so Jadakiss puts onions on his pork chops – C+

Piano – Frank Walker, Emily Warren – Sounds like EDM pop, Warren has a good voice but the song is a drag – C+

The Weatherman – Funkagenda, Alert The Media –  UK DJ adds beats to a funky song… the effect is too schitzo to be great – C+

Garage Palace (feat. Little Simz) – Gorillaz – Little Simz is a real good rapper though Gorillaz are up to nothing new here, just house plus rap – C+

Lovely – Hollyn – Pop ordinaire – C+

They’re Building Walls Around Us – Icona Pop – The duo at their most energetic don’t catch lightning in a bottle again, though they do manage a smart groove perfect for, where else?, the dancefloor – B-

Dentro de ti – Javiera Mena –  Latin electronica pop – B-

More – Jeremy Riddle – Bethel Music guy, not painful if you like U2 – C+

Maria También – Khruangbin – Middle Eastern flavored instrumental plus beats – B-

The Way Life Goes (feat. Nicki Minaj & Oh Wonder) – Remix – Lil Uzi Vert – Uzi is emo but not quite, emo with r&b, Nicki has been on a roll for trwo weeks, her verse here is exactly – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A-

Far – Lil Xan – This is also emo-rap via Cali, the 21 year old rapper sing speaks and is as depressive and fascinated as you’d expect, one of the backing tracks here sounds like maracas and gives the song another edge – A-

The Sermon – Malaa – Instrumental electronica – C+

Corazón – Maluma, Negro de Borel – Reggaeton singer unleashes a goodie, sweet and beats – B+

Told You So – Miguel – Who is he? Musiq Soulchild? Semi-experimental r&b with a head of steam – B

Quiet – MILCK – An anthem for those who suffer in silence… so no Americans I’m guessing – C+

Jacky’s Only Happy When She’s Up On Stage – Morrissey – barely a week after he refused to perform a concert because the heaters weren’t working, Moz releases the best song so far off his upcoming album, it starts off like business as usual and ends with a powerful “Brexit Exit” coda – B+

Silver Lining – Mt. Joy – Rock songs about  drug abuse –they’re against it – C+

Lemon – N.E.R.D. – The song is nothing but the beats and the beats are excellent, Rihanna is on her B game – B-

Again – Acoustic version – Noah Cyrus – The white Willow – B-

Whose Plan Is It – Noisecontrollers – Hardstyle beats – B-

Intrepid – Pinegrove – Emo meets Americana, aka only half of the four piece have beards – C+

Waking Lions – Pop Evil – Hard rock veering into metal – B-

Police State – Pussy Riot – It ain’t “Make America Great” again but it is Charlie XCXish in a catchy, politically agitated manner – B+

Tenemos Historia – Raquel Sofia – Nice Latin pop ballad – B

You And Me – Shallou – Bedsitland electronica – C+

Santa’s Coming For Us – Sia – scary, almost as scary as Sia’s backside. Catchy sorta Caribbean beat – B

I Was A Fool – Sunflower Bean – Always a little overrated, this return of the pretty model and the band finds her sharing lead vocals on a bore – C+

I Won’t let You Go – Switchfoot, Lauren Daigle – Overblown rock ballad – MUST TO AVOID –  D+

The Next Time We Wed – The Fratellis – The now older poO rockers are lively and fun, the song is a little weak – B-

Movie – Tom Misch – Bluesy hipster – B-

Real Thing – Turnstile – Business as usual metalcore, sure, except the soft loud axis is a variant on grunge that gives it a thrilling tempo twist and shout – B

Get Out Of Your Own Way – U2 – It’s a Christmas miracle, U2 release a really great strong, a tuneful piece of self-help with a pretty good Kendrick rap lobbed on the end – A-

The Blackout – U2 – back to the usual electronic dog show, now I am gonna mention Bono’s offshore tax shielding  shell companies, the putz – C-

Like Gold – Vance Joy – Tedious folk-pop – C-

Popcorn Man – Wuki – It absolutely sounds like percolating corn! – B-

 

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